Why the US national anthem is terrible - and perfect

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    Vox's Estelle Caswell and Joss Fong debate "The Star Spangled Banner"
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    When Francis Scott Key attached his poem about the War of 1812 to a popular British song called "To Anacreon in Heaven," he kicked off over 200 years of painfully bad singing by patriotic Americans. The Star Spangled Banner became the official national anthem of the United States in 1931, but it had been used by the Army and Navy for decades before that and was popular from the start. One big problem? The melody wasn't exactly written for the masses, but for trained soloists.
    Commentators pointed out early on that it was exceedingly difficult for most people to sing, suggesting that "America the Beautiful" might be a better alternative. Critics have noted that the music requires a uniquely wide vocal range, it's full of tricky intervals, and the lyrics are confusing and uninspiring.
    But if you look at the national anthem as a sport, where we get to watch performers at the top of their game tackle the gauntlet that is the Star Spangled Banner, you may come to appreciate it. In this video, we debate whether the difficulty of the Star Spangled Banner is a feature or a bug for a national anthem.
    Further reading:
    Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America's National Anthem www.amazon.com/Star-Spangled-Banner-Unlikely-Americas-National/dp/1421415186
    Star Spangled Music: starspangledmusic.org/
    Slate: Proudly Hailed www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2014/07/the_star_spangled_banner_four_reasons_it_shouldn_t_be_the_national_anthem.html
    Emily Cope: medium.com/@emilybcope/music-to-what-extent-does-the-star-spangled-banner-illustrate-how-melody-and-rhythm-influence-the-aff2c78853ed
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If you want to learn more about the anthem, check out this site: http://starspangledmusic.org/blog/ They're obsessed with the Star Spangled Banner and have tons of interesting facts and videos. This book by Marc Ferris is also really interesting https://www.amazon.com/Star-Spangled-Banner-Unlikely-Americas-National/dp/1421415186/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Wealllovemerylstreep !

Vox Fergie 💀💀💀💀💀

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James B

Gianpaulo Francisco RIP OFFF OF ANOTHER VIDEO

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Amanda Lee

Vox i

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CubeOfBeef I inquired upon thou
CubeOfBeef I inquired upon thou

Credit Adam neely

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Lady Slaton
Lady Slaton

Life Every Voice and Sing is the National Anthem For African Americans

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Carson Schoen
Carson Schoen

Stop making everything good and everything I love into something at best meaningless and at worst tragic. You guys are Awful humans, please stop stop stop

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Jaksida

Hey great work on taking Adam Neely’s video!

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steven bob
steven bob

To be honest it took me maybe 15 to 30 minutes to learn the national anthem

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SHOWer-oke
SHOWer-oke

Best renditions are Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, Boyz II Men, Destiny's Child, José Feliciano & Mariah Carey. All amazing 👍

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Swangmich
Swangmich

No, the Russian National Anthem is the best

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FastestCores
FastestCores

No wonder no one remembers it.

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MeenMan 777
MeenMan 777

You stole this from Adam neely

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Nicole Maxim
Nicole Maxim

I dont think anything's wrong with the national anthem, i can sing it fine. It seems like you guys are trying to make it seem hard, really.

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Calico Taylor
Calico Taylor

They make it sound like hearing the national anthem is a rare occurrence but it’S LITERALLY PLAYED EVERY MORNING AT MY SCHOOL AND STUDENTS CAN VOLUNTEER TO SING IT AND IT HURTS SO MUCH TO LISTEN TO SOMEONE CHANGE THE KEY DURING “and the rockets red glare”

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RZU 147
RZU 147

Calico Taylor Every morning at you school? Welcom to the national socialist states of America I guess.

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A fabulous Aquamarine trashcan

Oof, we had to sing this song for choir :,)

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HailEternal RedOcean
HailEternal RedOcean

I had to learn the US National anthem when I was about 11 years old and did not find it that difficult? Neither the range or remembering the words. Looking back it may have been easier for me since it was for choir, which may be why i still don't find it hard. But are there really that many Americans who have this much trouble with it? BTW I'm Canadian, had to learn the Star Spangled Banner (with the accompanying sign language) for a movie they filmed at my elementary school

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HEYBITCHWHOWYOUDOIN
HEYBITCHWHOWYOUDOIN

*Mariah Carey did it*

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Sara/Sam Dixon

I’ve never had trouble singing it before?

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Thomas Stewart
Thomas Stewart

"Oh it's hard so lets lower the standards for everyone!" sounds like Vox

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MarliRose 88
MarliRose 88

We had to sing the national anthem all though elementary school😂 R.I.P my voice.

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Mr. Prius
Mr. Prius

0:26 this is why we need communism

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NuclearPotato
NuclearPotato

Replace it with the team America song

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Bluemon
Bluemon

A Dam Nee Lys Bassleeeeee Sssoooooooonnnnnsssssss

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Vincent Grueter
Vincent Grueter

Leave it up to vox to put something in every video about slavery or how white people did something wrong.

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aeather
aeather

I think "This Land Is Your Land" would be an excellent national anthem. And it doesn't have the disturbing slavery undertones the other verses of our anthem has.

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February Crane
February Crane

Without even watching I knew it was going to be an Adam Neely repeat

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neves768
neves768

This ending was so beautiful :')

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Zammy Wang

adam neely

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Shoe Shine Boy
Shoe Shine Boy

You forgot the greatest anthem of all.... the Soviet National Anthem.

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ChampiX

French anthem is a war anthem about taking arms to slaughter the invading enemy. We’ve often discussed changing it to something less gruesome for sports events, but it’s not going anywhere either due to the importance of the country’s violent past.

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Ferry Ansony
Ferry Ansony

Worst anthem on earth

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Shane O'Leary

Does anyone know how many octaves "Amhrán na bhfiann" goes up cause the "faoi lámhach na bpilear" part goes pretty high. (I think k that's how you spell it?)

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Twahir Abubakar
Twahir Abubakar

Kiwi anthem only has 1 note, beat that!!!

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Sand Theb
Sand Theb

Roseanne Barr still did the best version.

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Badri Shankar

India

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Alec Petsche

No mention of Jimi? I’m disappointed vox.

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Jackson Begley
Jackson Begley

It honestly doesn't matter that Whitney Houstons performance was prerecorded, because we're still listening to Whitney Houston give a performance. A performance in the recording booth is just as valid as live ones, because when musicians are recording parts in the recording studio, they're doing it live there.

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Thành Công Nguyễn

Gucci Gang should be our new national anthem

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ビーンボーイ

The national anthem is perfect you commies

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White Blogger Black Specs
White Blogger Black Specs

God, Fergie sounded like nails raking across a chalkboard. Whitney Houston, on the other hand...Jesus. gives ya chills

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Alex Yearwood

Thank you plagiarism

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Andrew B
Andrew B

No. We do not need a new National Anthem. This is what makes us America!!!!

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Asha O'Hearn-Harvey

Go Canada!

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feels like flying
feels like flying

If you feel good about your country the anthem is always good to sing (in America’s case— if you can sing) it doesn’t have to be so challenging that you can enjoy it only in events where people actually can sing. Let everyone sing, let everyone enjoy every time, anytime.

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Nav Dhillon
Nav Dhillon

'Jose can you see...there is blood in my pee' This is how I heard US national anthem for the longest time.

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Ray Yanma
Ray Yanma

If I had to change the U.S. anthem, I would change it to America the Beautiful or God Bless America

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Skyler Minutelli

Fun fact I live right down the road from Fort McHenry and they have a haunted house there every year!

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Rilian Lunsford
Rilian Lunsford

i have sung it. it is easy. stupid video.

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The NerdyGeek77

commie bastards

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Dusangamesbp

Marvin GAYE genius

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Invictus Prima

It was written in the eighteenth century dialect of English do you really expect it to make perfect since today

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David Landeros

Soviet Russia Is The Best.

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Aryan. J 27

The fall of American democracy began on the day when Donald Trump became president-elect.

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first name last name

ugh the ENTIRE section where u were interviewing telesco made me cringe. MATCH THE PIANO WITH HER VOICE PLEASE

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Jeff Kim

**triggered Americans**

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Trish like fish

Fergie take notes

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Jolgeable

Many american singers make songs sound overdramatic.

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Antonio Rodriguez

Look up Arturo Sandoval play the national anthem because it’s amazing

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Antonio Rodriguez
Antonio Rodriguez

On the interval that’s a tenth there’s usually a rest there to get a breath in so you can start again on the and the rockets red glare it’s not like you’ll sing right through a rest not hating but just noticed this.

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Antonio Rodriguez

.I think our national anthem is fine and shouldn’t be changed because it’s a symbol of the pride we take in our flag and our country its different from other nations anthem but I think that’s just what makes us unique.

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Taiel G

americans are so russian! so full of themselves, basically a real life matrioshka

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chucku00

As much as I love and respect Cab Calloway I thought he was singing "That's amore" at 5:36 !

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Orangelo

4:58 WOMP WOMP

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Sigurd aka Gusrid
Sigurd aka Gusrid

Adam Neely was so nice about this you should be so grateful!

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C. Dawson Pelfrey
C. Dawson Pelfrey

New anthem, please. It's the song of the people, it should be easy and sung by all.

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Matthew_Cash
Matthew_Cash

This video just sucks.

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Ike Anduha
Ike Anduha

USSR national anthem is the perfect anthem

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friedcash

adam neely

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GoldDropper Fortnite

At least James tried

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Jok395
Jok395

Honestly, the Battle Hymn of the Republic would be kinda badass.

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Hector Garza
Hector Garza

America the beautiful should be the national anthem

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Fire Shock Gamer
Fire Shock Gamer

It takes skill in this country not pity Get talent and learn from your mistake's

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AWholeNewLOW !
AWholeNewLOW !

Copied from Adam Neely

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Советский Коко
Советский Коко

Russian anthem

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omer laval
omer laval

It don't even slap tho

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Danger MC
Danger MC

lol wtf never knew this song was so difficult. I learned it when I was little and haven't forgotten a word and am still able to sing it (to at least a decent degree).

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Elizabeth McCormick
Elizabeth McCormick

This is why a lawyer should never be a poet!

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funstuff81girl
funstuff81girl

Lift every voice and sing is the black anthem, guys.

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Mclovin
Mclovin

I feel like any person who plays sports in America (especially football) knows the song by heart because they play it so much!

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Cancer Guy Channel
Cancer Guy Channel

So we got to change the national anthem because some snowflakes can’t sing it?

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CHOPPERGIRL's AIRWAR
CHOPPERGIRL's AIRWAR

Not your nation. Name one single law you drafted or made. Name one you can change, right now. You're living under someone else's rules, under someone else's flag, trying to sing someone else's song. It's not your nation.

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Austin Massey
Austin Massey

I've never had an issue singing our national anthem. It's not actually an issue for those who... Idk... Can remember the lyrics to a song?

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Artemis Jones
Artemis Jones

I just like how they make the one woman who's for the anthem look dumb and stupid and like she doesn't know what she's talking about while the black hair lady is intelligent and smart then they try to say Francis was a slave holder. Now they actually might be right but he lived in Boston which was a northern state were there was no slavery then they say that one line was about slavery when it was talking about British refugees when you look at the context but they conveniently only show the one line. Plus the anthem isn't going to change. Its like those who want us to use the metric system. Just because the world uses something doesn't mean we have to.

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Endless Cover
Endless Cover

the only ones who can really really sing the national anthem are basically Whitney Hudson beyonce Jennifer Hudson Demi Lovato and Kelly Clarkson

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Bryan Salvador
Bryan Salvador

Yo im not american but this is so interesting. 🤩

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Guru da Ciência

PLAGIARISM

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nauj1445
nauj1445

Stolen video

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Andika Hetris
Andika Hetris

I'm not even american but I think your anthem is very very good, it doesn't sound too patriotic but rather sounds very hopeful..

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erikbarrett85
erikbarrett85

A.N. :/

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Vex
Vex

NO, Russia’s national anthem is 👌😫💯🅱️💸

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Iskender Altan-Bonnet
Iskender Altan-Bonnet

The problem is that American anthem is not iconic, our national anthem is the most famous. Plus, on a gagné le coup du monde.

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habojspade
habojspade

I understand that you skipped Hendrix because he doesn't sing it, but his is the greatest version ever recorded, hands down.

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Ciro Giles
Ciro Giles

Why all examples of people singing the US anthem are in sports events? Don't you have any other place to show patriotism?

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ZolarBlx
ZolarBlx

try changing the lyrics? plz dont criticize me

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LALA LAND
LALA LAND

how about you don't rip off adam neely

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Zangster
Zangster

Y’all normies don’t have a vocal range of at least 2 octaves? Or know any metric modulation? Or how to subdivide? Good. Neither do I.

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saverlater123
saverlater123

4:58 the comment about Francis Scott Key being a slave holder was actually unnecessary under this video’s context. Nice try causing drama about the national anthem.

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Chloe Lim
Chloe Lim

In Singapore we sing our national anthem everyday

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Snifey

here a bright idea just change that national anthem into that song saying let freedom rings

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That Fact Guy
That Fact Guy

ADAM NEELY KNOCKOFF

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Dylan Decker
Dylan Decker

Easy as your “ABC”, love America.

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Dylan Decker
Dylan Decker

False, it easy to sing

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Brittany Bonto
Brittany Bonto

lol we sing our national anthem every single day at school for our flag ceremony (i thought every other country does that)

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Urfie
Urfie

Im not American but I can sing the anthem with ease. Is it really that hard?

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